Cole Ryan

May 5, 2021

Six rules for our digital age

The underlying message behind most modern technology – from personal devices and vehicles to next-day shipping and on-demand entertainment – is that our individual preferences are of utmost importance and that our will and desires are to always be trusted.

I try to follow certain rules and disciplines to push back on that message. Here are some of them:

  1. Seek boredom and silence.
  2. Say no to yourself.
  3. Force yourself to wait.
  4. Observe a digital Sabbath.
  5. Fast often.
  6. Pursue challenges and hardship.